Encouraging people to write about their love of being active and outdoors

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Projects for schools to improve literacy via activity and exercise

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Engaging community groups to share stories of activity and exercise  

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Out now - our three latest anthologies, to join our existing stable of seven books on being active and enjoying sport and exercise in and around Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. 

Our second volume of Active City writing (and lots of drawing too!), in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, was published at the end of 2018. And so was our latest book in the This School Loves... series, this time in collaboration with the Willows Primary School in Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent. This one - RUN! is all about running and being active, with contributions from across the whole school. And we have some more sporting memories from the 'Potteries past' for you too - local author Brian Mate’s A Sporting Prodigy is out now too!


What We Do

ACTIVE WRITING is what we do! Cox Bank Publishing is a social enterprise that works directly with people of all ages to capture what they love about being active and outdoors.  The key to our business is getting people to write - in their own words - short stories about their favourite sport, activity or exercise,  and the impact it has on their life.

Stories can be about walking, running, cycling, team-based activity, a yoga class or a specific sport. Our authors and contributors range from primary school age children through to eighty-year-olds.  We work with community groups; schools, colleges and universities; local sports and exercise clubs; and individuals to capture new writing on being active and how exercise or sport has changed people's lives.

We specialise in producing and publishing books and other publications which celebrate writing about being active.  We also publish many of our stories online to help inspire people to use activity or exercise as a way of improving their health and well-being.

Books can be national, regional, county-wide or local in scope; cover a single activity or sport; or celebrate the full range of exercise and sport taking place in a locality.


If you have any other questions, suggestions or feedback we would love to hear from you